Activities for all the family

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longleat Longleat House and Safari Park – 6.3 miles
The star of BBC’s hugely popular Animal Park series, Longleat Safari Park celebrates its 40th anniversary this year – come and join in the celebrations! Discover the magnificent animals which roam the first Safari Park outside Africa from the comfort of your own car… see how you measure up to a giraffe, watch out for the zebras crossing, wander amongst the wallabies in wallaby wood and be enthralled by the majestic lions and tigers

Cheddar Caves and Gorge – 24 miles
A major tourist attraction for over 200 years, with plenty to do above and below ground. Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you’ll find many rare species. The Cathedral-like Caves and Britain’s biggest Gorge are million-year-old Ice Age river beds. Your ancestors have lived here for 40,000 years, and world-famous Cheddar Man is Britain’s oldest complete skeleton.

Wookey Hole – 19.9 miles
Here at Wookey Hole are mysteries of man himself. How did the early cavemen, who inhabited these caves, really live from day to day? And what makes a modern diver explore the caverns beyond the sunlight? Even the earliest men who lived in the valley of Wookey Hole 50,000 years ago, hunting bear and rhinoceros with stone weapons, must have been in awe of the great caves for they had already existed for millions of years. Yet by the 15th century only bones, broken pottery and legends remained.

Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park – 43.2 miles
Cricket St Thomas is the top Wildlife Park attraction to visit in the southwest of England. One of its aims is to create environments in which animals can behave as naturally as possible. New exhibits are designed to allow the animals to express natural behaviours seen in the wild. Like nature, it offers a diversity of habitats – the landscape and wildlife are constantly changing to provide something new to see and enjoy.

Brokerswood Country Park – 6.3 miles
This last remaining corner of the ancient forest of Selwood is a treasure trove of woodland walks, water and children’s play areas. As days out go, you’ll love it. Bring the children to feed the ducks and look out for a wonderful array of birds and wildlife or try a day’s fishing and enjoy peace and tranquillity.

Historic sites

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Stourhead – Stourhead Stately Home and Gardens – 13 miles
An outstanding example of the English landscape style, this splendid garden was designed by Henry Hoare II and laid out between 1741 and 1780. Classical temples, including the Pantheon and Temple of Apollo, are set around the central lake at the end of a series of vistas, which change as the visitor moves around the paths and through the magnificent mature woodland with its extensive collection of exotic trees. The magnificent interior includes an outstanding Regency library, an extensive picture collection and furniture by Chippendale the Younger. King Alfred’s Tower, an intriguing red-brick folly built in 1772 by Henry Flitcroft, is almost 50m high and gives breathtaking views over the estate.

Glastonbury – Glastonbury Tor – 21.7 miles
The dramatic and evocative Tor dominates the surrounding countryside and offers spectacular views over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. At the summit of this very steep hill an excavation has revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only the 15th-century tower remains.

Stonehenge – Stonehenge World Heritage Site – 24.3 miles
The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. Each monument was a circular structure, aligned with the rising of the sun at the midsummer solstice. There has always been intense debate over quite what purpose Stonehenge served. Certainly, it was the focal point in a landscape filled with prehistoric ceremonial
structures. It also represented an enormous investment of labour and time. A huge effort and great organisation was needed to carry the stones tens, and sometimes hundreds, of miles by land and water and then to shape and raise them. Only a sophisticated society could have mustered so large a workforce and the design and construction skills necessary to produce Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments.

Historic towns, cities and shopping

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Frome – 2 miles
Frome is a town of enormous charm, with its steep, winding streets, its wealth of beautiful old buildings and its friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It has more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset (357 at the last count), many of them reminders of a rich Wessex industrial history of cloth, agriculture and country market trading. It remains the biggest of the five Mendip towns and is renown for its thriving Arts & Crafts community. Older than Bath (13 miles north), its history dates from AD685, when St Aldhelm founded a mission on the River Frome. The Frome continues to meander through, passing the unique, Grade 1 Listed Blue House. Frome has largely escaped insensitive redevelopment, bequeathing it a legacy of 18th century cloth merchants’ homes and Trinity, one of the country’s best examples of industrial housing from the 1600s.

Bath – 13.9 miles
The World Heritage Site of Bath and the stunning countryside surrounding it is one of England’s most beautiful places to visit. Bath, is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling Somerset countryside, just over 100 miles west of London, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit. Come and explore this compact city on foot. Delights to savour include the Georgian architecture, independent shops, a diverse range of restaurants, theatres, and pubs, along with unique museums and a wide range of guided tours.

Salisbury – 30 miles
Salisbury has been a favourite destination for visitors for the past 800 years or more. With first class visitor attractions, theatres, events, shopping, eating and drinking it’s no wonder that last year Salisbury was voted, by Observer readers, in the top ten of the best British tourist destinations! Discover how perfectly the past merges with the present, as you enjoy the delights of this medieval city and beautiful English its countryside and the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. There is an abundance of historical buildings peppered throughout the city to explore – including the majestic sight that is Salisbury Cathedral’s spire’, Britain’s tallest, standing at a breathtaking 123 metres, together with modern high street shops that are mixed with specialist retail outlets with something for everyone.

Wells and its Cathedral – 19.1 miles
What makes a city a city? Technically, the presence of a cathedral makes a town into a city, so that qualifies the quiet Somerset backwater of Wells as a city. Yet thinking of Wells as a city is misleading, for this beautiful home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells has much more of a rural town or very large village about it. With only about 10,000 residents, Wells is the smallest city in England. The highlight of a visit to Wells is the magnificent cathedral. Wells Cathedral is one of the architectural highlights of Britain, replete with intricate Gothic carvings, a unique scissors vault to brace the building against shifting medieval foundations, and a marvellous chapter house.

Clarks Village Outlet Centre – 24.4 miles
Clarks Village is the UK’s first and foremost outlet shopping centre and has established itself as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country. With over 90 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique village environment, you have all the ingredients for a great day out! So find your Retail Therapy at Clarks Village, where value never goes out of fashion.

Kilver Court – 13 miles
- Kilver Court Designer Shopping outlet. You can find a great mix of designers such as: Jack Wills, Toast, LK Bennett, Jane Clayton Interiors, Hawick Cashmere, MiH Jeans, Margaret Howell, Links of London, Orla Kiely, Folk Menswear, Savile Row’s Richard James and many more all up to 70% off!

Local Supermarkets:

Tesco Express (BA11 2TU): 3.5 miles (10mins)
M&S Simply Food (BA11 1BT): 3.6 miles (10mins)
Asda (BA11 5LA): 4.3 miles (13 mins)
Sainsbury (BA11 4DH): 4.4miles (12mins)

Local Pubs & Restaurants:

Orchardleigh Golf Course: 0.5 miles 01373 454200
The Bell Inn, Buckland Dinham: 2.8 Miles 01373 462956
The Old Bath Arms, Frome: 3.1 miles 01373 465045
Castello Restaurant, Frome: 3.4 miles (10mins) 01373 228100
Archangel, Frome: 3.6 miles (10mins) 01373 456111
Thai Kitchen, Frome: 3.5 miles (10mins) 01373 467370
The Woolpack Inn, Beckington: 4.7miles (11mins) 01373 831224
The Fox and Hounds, Tytherington: 5.5 miles (15mins) 01373 473902
Red Lion, Norton St Philip: 6.3 miles (14mins) 01373 830350